Kyoto in Japan is probably one of the most visited places for many travellers from around the world. Over the years, Kyoto has also seen an increase in Muslim travellers from Malaysia, Brunei and also Indonesia.
As some of you may already know that you can visit Kyoto on a day trip, but it is best to stay a couple of nights here in one of the most historical cities in Japan. Usually, travellers that go to Kyoto are mainly from the city of Osaka, which is the main gateway for visitors.
While many will opt to stay in Osaka for a few days and then head to Kyoto for a night or two, Muslim travellers prefer to make Osaka their base due to the Muslim-friendly facilities found here. But the good news is that there are also, in fact, a number of Muslim-friendly facilities in Kyoto.
Malaysians who visited Japan in 2016 totalled up to almost 400,000 people while there were around 271,000 Indonesians who visited Japan in the same year.
Japanese souvenirs from Kyoto.
What Muslim Travellers Seek When Travelling To Japan?
There are a few key factors that Muslim travellers look for and they include:
- Halal food
No non-halal activities
Recreational facilities & services with privacy
Kyoto is one of the prefectures that have adhered to these factors since 1987, which in turn has increased the Muslim-friendly facilities all over the city of Kyoto. The Kyoto Muslim Association or KMA is probably the group to thank for making Kyoto a Muslim-friendly destination.
With Kyoto being one of the top five Muslim-friendly destinations in Japan, many hotels, resorts, ryokan’s, museums, public places and restaurants have changed their concept to be Muslim-friendly.
Some of these places are 100% Muslim-friendly while others provide Muslim-friendly facilities and the visitor should check with the place if it provides full or semi service for Muslims. This means that some places provide the entire package, and some only half, with no halal menu.
For anyone planning to visit Japan, namely the Kyoto area, below is a list of places that are Muslim-friendly.
One of the beautiful temples in Kyoto.
Muslim Friendly Hotels in Kyoto
The hotels listed below provide Muslim-friendly facilities in Kyoto, therefore, they are your best options for accommodation when you visit here.
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Mecca orientation chart, prayer mats, Quran available by request. Certified halal menus are available at any time between 11:00 AM and 11:00 PM at Cafe Restaurant Le Temps.
Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto
Prayer mats available. Banquet halls and private rooms available for use depending on availability. For food, separate dishes available and ingredient requests are also available.
Kyoto Century Hotel
Prayer mats and female prayer dress available. Food is certified halal by Muslim Association of Kyoto.
The Westin Miyako, Kyoto
Prayer mats and Mecca orientation chart available. Muslim friendly food is available at Cafe Restaurant Aqua Blu in the hotel.
Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Separate kitchen preparation and dishes available. Ingredient requests available.
Karasa Hotel Kyoto I
Prayer room on the 2nd floor which is for hotel Muslim guests.
Kyoto Hotel Okura
Halal ingredients requests available.
Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa
Muslim-friendly meals are available but must be arranged on the same day of dining.
Kyoto Traveler’s Inn
Prayer mats available. No halal menu.
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
For halal meals, separate dishes and ingredient requests are available.
For smaller accommodations like ryokans and guesthouses, you will need to check online for them as there is a growing number catering to Muslim-friendly budget travellers. Every day, a new one may change and cater to this.